South Vietnamese fled Saigon in April 1975
with the help of the American military,
as Communist forces from the north
entered the city.
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Our Vietnam War Never Ended
Fall of Saigon [ now Ho Chi Minh City ] U.S. evacuation of Saigon 1975
president Duong Van Minh
delivers an unconditional
surrender to the Communists
in the early hours of April 30.
colonel Bui Tin
accepts the surrender
and assures Minh,
"...only the Americans
have been beaten.
If you are patriots,
a moment of joy."
As the few remaining Americans
the last two U.S. servicemen
to die in Vietnam
when their helicopter crashes.
In the days
before the fall of Saigon
on April 30, 1975,
were taken out of the country
and flown to the U.S.
Some were the children
of U.S. service members
and some were orphans.
But there were others
that may have had parents
who were still alive,
so the program was controversial.
Vietnam's President Thieu resigns 21 April 1975
The President of South Vietnam
is forced to resign
accusing the United States
In a TV and radio address,
outgoing President Nguyen Van Thieu
said his forces had failed
to stop the advance of the Vietcong
because of lack of funds
promised to him by the Americans.
In a scathing attack on the US,
he suggested US Secretary of State
Dr Henry Kissinger
had tricked him into signing
the Paris peace agreement two years ago,
promising military aid
which then failed to materialise.
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